Spring is finally in the air and new flavors are blooming on menus nationwide.

Along with traditional seasonal ingredients like strawberry, rhubarb, asparagus, peas and ramps, other less-expected items are also taking root. Here’s a look at what’s popping up and what’s to come.


Creamy, premium and indulgent, this mild French cheese is appearing on sandwiches and burgers, and in snack boxes and elsewhere.

Caribou's Turkey Brie baguette

At Bar Louie, Brie can be found on flatbread, along with mozzarella and provolone. It’s topped with pulled pork, grilled pears, caramelized onions, fig jam and spinach.

At Caribou Coffee, Brie ups the French feel of a new baguette sandwich, where it complements turkey and pepper jam.

At The Counter, Brie is the inspiration for the new “Un-Brie-lievable” turkey burger, which also features mixed greens, tomato, cranberries and apricot sauce, all served on a multigrain bun.

At the San Francisco Bay Area locations of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Danish brie appears in the chain’s new cheese and fruit box, along with Cheddar and Monterey pepper Jack cheeses, apples, roasted almonds and rice crackers.